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Book Review: Tricia Goyer’s Along Wooded Paths

When I offer book reviews I typically start with the book and then share a little about the author. Today I’m doing things a little different. If you aren’t sure who Tricia Goyer is and you enjoy reading, you need to learn more about her and her work.

From LitFuse Group:

Tricia Goyer is the author of thirty books including Songbird Under a German Moon, The Swiss Courier, and the mommy memoir, Blue Like Play Dough. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer’s Conference in 2003. Tricia’s book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005. In addition to her novels, Tricia writes non-fiction books and magazine articles for publications like MomSense and Thriving Family. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences, and has been a workshop presenter at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Conventions. She and her family make their home in Little Rock, Arkansas where they are part of the ministry of FamilyLife.

I’ve followed Tricia’s work for years. I remember reading her MOPS articles. WWII books. Writing geared for marriage. Book encouragement for moms. Her latest, Along Wooded Paths, is Book 2 in her Amish Big Sky series. It really helps if you read Beside Still Waters first. Anyway, I write all I do about Tricia to show you her talent. Most authors stick to a genre and don’t waver too far from it. Few dance between fiction and non and when they do, the results aren’t often great. Tricia is a clear conduit of the Lord’s pen. She’s gifted in words I can’t even adequately communicate. The next writing project I’m half-watching for her to announce is her plan to align herself with speculative or fantasy. She’s a master in each genre she writes. I am a reader and I’m telling you, she truly has His favor and is a tremendous talent. You need to get your hands on all her books and devour them. Seriously.

That said, Along Wooded Paths treats readers to Amish life in Montana for Marianna Sommers and her family. The more Marianna adjusts to her new life in the mountains the more questions she has. Thanks to a deepening friendship with an Englischer she’s drawing closer to God through His Word. Her family grieves previous losses to the world so their concerns are constant. Tension elevates when the Amish man Marianna thought she was going to marry in Indiana arrives in her Montana town.

I enjoyed the tension and the mounting stakes Marianna faces. Each character has questions and their choices have impact that ripple not just through Montana waters, but even through previous generations.  The beautiful setting Tricia painted in Book 1 continues to be a quiet, endearing character in Along Wooded Paths. I recommend while you are following my suggestion to find Tricia Goyer’s books you make sure Beside Still Waters and Along Wooded Paths are at the top of your list.

For more about Tricia and her other books visit www.triciagoyer.com

About the book:

All she wanted was a simple Amish life . . . But now Marianna Sommer finds herself depending on Englisch neighbors. Although proud of living apart from the world, she and her newly relocated Amish family have discovered that life in the remote mountains of Montana requires working together.As Marianna begins helping those different from herself—and receiving their help—her heart contemplates two directions. She’s torn between the Amish man from Indiana whom she has long planned on marrying and the friendly Englischer who models a closer walk with God than she’s ever seen before.

Who should have young Marianna’s heart? What is God asking her to sacrifice? Her traditions? Her community? The answer is found along the wooded paths.

Read an excerpt.

More about the Facebook Party and Live Author Chat! 

Tricia is celebrating the release of Along Wooded Paths with a Fabulous Facebook party on October 18th. She’ll be giving away prizes and a sneak peak at the next book in the Big Sky series.

Then during the second half of the party she’ll be hosting a LIVE AUTHOR CHAT on her website and announcing something BIG! CLICK the button (below) to RSVP for the party – then go here to sign up for the Live Author Chat.

To purchase Along Wooded Paths click here.

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10/3

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Charlene at Quintessentially Quilly http://quilldancer.com

Julie Arduini: The Surrendered Scribe http://juliearduini.com

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10/4

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10/10

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10/11

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10/12

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10/13

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10/14

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Pat at Sometimes I Feel Like a Piece of Bologna http://www.generationsandwich.blogspot.com

Lena at A Christian Writer’s World http://lenanelsondooley.blogspot.com

This book was provided to me for review by B&H publishers and much of the information apart from my review comes from Litfuse Publicity Group.

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